The Buffalo Bills have ten linebackers on their active roster, but may not have the services of three of them heading into Sunday's season-opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Reggie Torbor and rookie Antonio Coleman, who did not practice Wednesday, were sidelined once again Thursday. Meanwhile, veteran Kawika Mitchell, who was limited on Wednesday, was not in attendance at all on Thursday.
Mitchell is the primary backup at both inside linebacker spots, and was expected to see some snaps in 4-3 looks, as well. Should he not be able to play, the Bills will need to rely on veteran Andra Davis in a wider variety of defensive packages. Keith Ellison and rookie Arthur Moats round out the Bills' depth inside.
Chris Ellis will likely get the start at outside linebacker in place of Torbor should the former Dolphin not play, with Aaron Maybin rotating in as a pass rusher on passing downs. Bills head coach Chan Gailey will have an update on the injury situation early this afternoon, when practice concludes.
H/T: Mark Ludwiczak, CBSSports.com